Mat Collis
7th October 2019

Trio react to 2019 Player Awards Dinner

The 2019 Player Awards Dinner saw Warwickshire Men’s and Women’s team and Warwickshire Access celebrate a hard-working season. 

12 trophies were presented across the three teams and full details of the evening can be found here.

Dom Sibley – Kim Jones Award for Performance of the Season nominees sponsored by Class Creative, Members’ Player of the Season nominees sponsored by Mainstream Print and Players’ Player of the Season nominees sponsored by Scrivens Opticians.

Warwickshire opening batsman Dom Sibley rounded off an excellent week by picking up the three accolades at the club’s End of Season Dinner & Awards night.

The 24-year-old had been named in the England Test squad for the tour of New Zealand, received his County Cap from Captain Jeetan Patel, named by the PCA in the Team of the Year and nominated for the NatWest PCA Players’ Player & PCA Young Player of the Year.

Hear his thoughts below.

Marie Kelly – Women’s Players Player of the Season nominees sponsored by Scrivens Opticians.

Captain Marie Kelly led the Bears to the Vitality County Women’s T20 title their first major women’s trophy won by the club.

After a difficult winter where Kelly suffered from health problems, the Silhillian showed her grit, determination and skill to score 218 runs at an average of 36 to contribute to the title success.

Having played her hundredth game during the short summer season, Marie was rewarded for her T20 form by playing for the Southern Vipers where she gained valuable experience playing in the Kia Super League Final back at the start of September.

Listen to Marie’s thoughts below.

Rob Yates – Young Player of the Season nominees sponsored by FLR Group.

Another impressive player during the 2019 season was 20-year-old batsman Rob Yates.

Yates, who initially joined Warwickshire’s Player Pathway at the Under 10s age group, settled into first-class life effortlessly, scoring over 500 runs and firing a career-best of 141 against an experienced Somerset attack. 

The Solihull-born left-hander is a product of Birmingham League side Moseley having played for the local side from a young age.

Read his thoughts below.

“If you told me at the start of the year I’d be receiving this award I wouldn’t have believed you,” said Yates.

“I’m over the moon. Once I made my debut I aimed to make a name for myself by cementing my position and that hundred against Somerset was the icing on the cake.

“A few games before that I had started to feel more comfortable within myself and the environment so I was relieved to get over the line.

“The goals haven’t changed massively and I just want to continue improving. I’ll take every moment as it comes and try to add on what I’ve learnt this year.”